Top Chef Winner: Who Was Really Cookin?

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The Top Chef: New Orleans finale pitted two contrasting finalists against each other.

There was Nicholas, a man known for his temper; and Nina, a relaxed island woman from St. Lucia.

Who would come out on top in the end? Who would impress a panel that included guest judges Chef Morimoto and Chef Paul Bartolotta?

After selecting from a pool of eliminated contestants to help them come up with a four-course meal, and after enjoying a surprise dinner with family members, Nicholas and Nina got down to business.

The latter went with an island theme for her meal, while Nicholas (a French cuisine expert) told the judges he just wanted to have "fun" with his menu.

And that apparently worked: while most panelists agreed that Nina's highs were higher than those of Nicholas, they said the same about her lows, noting especially a problem with Nina's Zeppole.

And that was all it took... Nicholas is your Top Chef champion!

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